Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Representatives from these countries meet to discuss economic concerns.

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  • abbr. The eight leading industrialized nations - Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and Russia.
  • abbr. The annual meeting of their leaders

Etymologies

G(roup of) 8.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of "Group of 8" (nations). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Allowing for the fact that the G8 is a largely pointless organization and for the fact that Russia should never have become a member, a boycott at this stage seems unlikely and, probably, injudicious.

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  • The G8 is an annual summit for the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, and Canada as well as the European Union (I know that makes 9).

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  • The G8 is a club of responsible global stakeholders, not a club of superpowers.

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  • They will no longer have a voice in G8 meetings, no matter what they do.

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  • "South Africa broke through the barriers to give Africa permanent access to the Group of Eight most industrialized countries," he says, adding: "Being taken seriously by the G8 translates to being taken seriously by the P5" - diplomatic shorthand for the current five permanent members.

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  • The activists had assembled to protest the gathering of world leaders for the economic summit known as G8/G20.

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  • And hard targets being shopped by Japan at the G8 is a waste of time at a critical juncture in the world economy. addthis_url =”; addthis_title =”; addthis_pub = ’raphaelalexander’;

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  • So the truth comes out: The G8 is as banal a gathering as an Amway ice-breaker for new “associates” at the Ramada Inn. Gives me the same feeling I had when I saw “Star Wars: Episode 1″ and realized that the “Jedi Council” convenes its meetings in some sort of futuristic airport courtesy lounge with nothing but molded plastic chairs.

    Think Progress » Bush Uncensored: President Uses Expletive During Chat At G8 Summit

  • Before this happened, we and our chums in the G8 were already debtor nations — six of us carrying public liabilities greater than 60% of G.D.P., two encumbered with more than 100% (Italy at 103%, and Japan at 170%) while Britain has done well to keep them down to 47%, while Russia carries only 6.8%.

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  • The G8 is the highest scoring Pontiac in our tests.

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